Gingrich campaign hits Romney on abortion
January 10th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich campaign hits Romney on abortion

(CNN) - As Mitt Romney delivered a victory speech in New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich's campaign launched a scathing attack in the next battleground state accusing the former Massachusetts governor of flip-flopping on abortion.

Gingrich's campaign began airing a 30-second television spot in South Carolina Tuesday that claims Romney allowed taxpayer money to fund abortions during his time in the Massachusetts statehouse.

The spot, called "Changed," features a female narrator ticking off claims about Romney's abortion record over photos of the GOP hopeful.

"What happened after Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney changed his position from pro-abortion to pro-life? Romney appointed a pro-abortion judge, expanded access to abortion pills, put Planned Parenthood on a state medical board but failed to put a pro-life group on the same board. And Romney signed government-mandated health care with taxpayer-funded abortions," the narrator says.

The ad closes with a line Gingrich has often employed on the campaign trail to describe his competitor: "Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney: He can't be trusted."

The Gingrich campaign's first ad going after Romney – "Bold vs. Timid" – began airing in South Carolina and New Hampshire Friday. It marked a shift in the former House speaker's campaign, which originally pledged to maintain a positive message.

Since his fourth-place finish in Iowa, Gingrich has taken a more negative tone when talking about Romney, labeling him as a "liar" in an interview and attacking his record as CEO of the private investment firm Bain Capital.

An independent super PAC supporting Gingrich has also hit South Carolina airwaves, spending more that $3 million to run anti-Romney ads in the Palmetto State. A super PAC sympathetic to Romney has pledged $2.3 million in ads to counter the offensive.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ed

    Newt is claiming that Romney cannot be trusted? Really?!? Could any of Newts wives trust him??? At least Mitt changed his stance to the correct stance! Good luck Newt, might want to re-think that "trust card" you're pulling.

    January 10, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Hair bear

    Way to go Super Pacs! Now we can learn the truth about both of these guys! And Maybe just Maybe Perry goes home! The Field Narrows!

    January 10, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. eciam

    Romneys 15 minutes of fame, GOP Please, keep hitting "Pretty Women Corporate Raider Romney"

    January 10, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Stick it to him Newt and PLEASE stay in the race if only to keep your foot in Romney's you know what.

    January 10, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is the problem with money in the campaign... We don't know where it is coming from and what their agenda is. Another point is that Romney has the money and organization which Gingrich doesn't. I guess there is a bit of jealously that Gingrich isn't really good enough, and people are settling for Romney who is basically milktoast. Everyone has their problem,s and these two do.

    January 10, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Liz the First

    How pathetic is an ideology that uses 'moderate,' 'liberal,' and 'progressive' as smear words? those are all good qualities decent, intelligent, compassionate societies should embody. those qualities are what makes America great. if we weren't progressive, we'd still be 13 colonies ruled by the British Empire. we'd never have the kind of country we have today. conservatism is timid, fearful of everything different, terrified of change. this is not the way the universe works. humanity is always moving forward. time moves forward, not backward. conservatism is always looking backward. it is an unnatural and unhealthy philosophy that doesn't do anything good for humanity. the sooner it dies out, the better off we'll be.

    January 10, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |